Indebtedness in London

This event was held on 9th September 2014. The meeting report is now available

This London Funders event, in conjunction with Toynbee Hall, looked at the future of debt advice in London.  

This event enabled London Funders members to hear about the Money Advice Service’s focus over the coming three years, and gave insights to help members effectively plan their own work in the area of indebtedness.

Contributions included:

  • Caroline Siarkiewicz, Head of UK Debt Advice Programme at the Money Advice Service. (presentation here)
    Caroline outlined MAS’ strategic plan for 2014-17 from the point of view of where they might most effectively then prioritise their own funds. She also gave an overview of MAS' Indebted Lives work from the point of view of an evidence base for need and what gaps in our knowledge might form helpful research themes.
  • Sian Williams, Head of National Solutions, Toynbee Hall 
    SIan led an open-space discussion around how funders can add value to MAS’ own work in London.
  • Grace Hussey, Head of Income Collection & Debt Coalition, Islington Council (presentation here) gave an outline of the Islington Debt Coalition 
  • Mick McAteer, The Financial Inclusion Centre (presentation here) discussed the London Mutual Credit Union, pay day loans and alternative models
  • Graham Fisher, Toynbee Hall, (presentation here) outlined the Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission and ways forward for the sector.

The meeting gave the opportunity for networking and key discussions with other funders and London Funder members.

The meeting report is available here